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Iconography of Vishnu from Khajuraho

K M Suresh (Author)
Synopsis Khajuraho is a small but modernized village situated in the Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh in the central India, played an important role as one of the capitals of the Chandellas, with its famous group of magnificent temple with sculptures, built between 9th and 12th Century A.D., became the religious city of Chandellas. The Chandellas were devoted worshipers of both Vishnu and siva. Vishnu is varioiusly worshipped as Vaikunthanatha, Vamana, Trivikrama, Lakshmana, Admurti, Hayagriva, Lakshmi-Narayana, Surya-Narayana, Krishna, visvarupa and so on. The Lakshmana, Vamana and Javari temples of Khajuraho are dedicated to Vishnu. The Cahpers I and II deal with location and general history of Chandellas and the Chapter III is written on the Characteristics of temples in general and Vishnu temples at Khajuraho. The Chapter IV delt in details with worship of Vishnu and other forms of Vishnu namely Adimurti, Dattareya, Gajendra moksha, Hayagriva, Lakshmi-Narayana, surya-Narayana, vaikunthanatha and Vishvarupa. The Chapter V deals with Minor divinities namely Gaja-Lakshmi, Garuda, Hanuman and Ayudhapurushas. This work aims at presenting a detailed and systematic study of sculptures and iconography of Vishnu in particular based on Puranas and other ancient texts. This is a comprehensive study on the iconography off Vishnu with minor forms of Vishnu. Although some books on sculptures have been published but there prevailed a lacuna as far as comprehensive work on vaishnavite sculpture the iconographic point of view.
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About the author

K M Suresh

Dr. K.M. Suresh (B. 1952) presently working as Director (Museum) in the Kannada University, Hampi, Vidyaranya-583276, in Karnataka, obtained his Master's Degree from Karnataka University, Dharwar in 1974 and P.G. Diploma in Archaeology, from Institute of Achaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi. In 1986. He obtained Ph.D., Degree from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, in 1992 on 'Sculptural Art of Hampi-Vijayanagara'. Since his inception in the Arachaeological Survey of India from 1976 to 1996, he served in various capacities in the Archaeological Museum at Bijapur, Hampi, Aihole and Badami in Karnataka and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. He has been active field worker and excavator in the Excavation Branch IV or Archaeological Survey of India, Bhubneswar in Orissa. Dr. Suresh's other works are Sculptural art of Hampi-Vijayanagara; Saivite Sculptures of Khajuraho; Iconography of Vishnu from Khajuraho; Kandariya Mahadeva temple at Khajuraho; Karnataka Devalaya Kosha: Bellary District; Karnataka Devalaya Kosha: Koppal District; Hemakuta: Recent Researches in Archaeology and Museology (Shri C.T.M. Kotraiah's Felicitation Volume). Forthcoming works are Temples of Karnataka (Ground Plans and Elevation); Forts of Vijayanagara; Panchatantra; Facet Researched in Archaeology, (Dr. C.S. Patil's Commemoration Volume). He has contri-buted several research papers for leading Journals and Felicitation Volumes. He is member for many academic societies and a guide to Ph.D., scholars in the Kannada University, Hampi.

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Title Iconography of Vishnu from Khajuraho
Author K M Suresh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186050256
length xviii+150p., Plates; Maps; References; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.